Grief reminds us that life is broken and sorrow reminds us that we are not whole.
But we do not fall into despair. We fall into Jesus.
We grieve hard and long. We mourn deeply and cry long. We feel the loss as close as the skin stretched tight over bone.
Our faces are wet with something akin to rain and seas.
We remember and it cuts like a sword. We stare at dark ceilings and the years roll over our hearts like rivers in springtime.
But we do not stop at the ceiling. Instead, we pour out our hearts to our Father and Friend who is even closer than the ceiling and our own skin pulled tight.
Our hearts break. We hurt like we are going to die. And then we are afraid we will forever live like we are dying.
Yet, one day, we will realize that we are really dying to live. And because of Jesus we will live again.
We go through days and weeks and months that feel like all is dark, all is silence, all is loss.
We will doubt ourselves. We will doubt everything we ever did. And we will doubt the goodness of God himself.
Words will flow from our wounded hearts like November winds—pointed yet empty. We will hurt people because we hurt.
Our sorrows will burst out of their bandages at the strangest of times. The oddest of things will remind us that we are not healed. Not yet.
Not fully until Jesus comes back.
Sleep will haunt us or consume us. Music will choke our throats. More memories of something else. Something we wanted to forget.
But God is with us…
We will hear unhelpful things, hurtful things, hateful things. Hurting people hurt people.
We will be broken yet greater and cut still deeper.
We will doubt love. We will question the effort 1 Corinthians 13 calls for. We will be tempted to never love again.
We will dump buckets of pieces of our broken hearts at Jesus’ feet and ask him why it hurts so much.
He will again remind us of how greatly and deeply he loved us then and how greatly and deeply he loves us still.
We will not fall into despair. Instead, again, we will fall into Jesus.
And in his broken hands, our broken hearts will realize that we will be okay.
Sea billows will roll over our souls, but because of Jesus, it will be well with our souls.
Maybe not fully today or tomorrow or even next year but One Day. On that day, all sorrow will be crushed under the feet of the One whose Presence is the very fullness of joy itself.
Beauty from ashes. Joy in place of sorrow. All comfort for all mourning.
We do not fall into despair. Instead, we fall into Jesus.